Here’s a recap of last week’s action and a look ahead to this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Irish dropped a pair of games last week and are now 3-8 in league play with Clemson coming to South Bend Tuesday.
1. Syracuse 10-0 (23-0)
2. Virginia 10-1 (19-5)
3. Pittsburgh 8-3 (20-4)
3. Duke 8-3 (19-5)
5. North Carolina 6-4 (16-7)
5. Clemson 6-4 (15-7)
7. Maryland 6-5 (14-10)
8. North Carolina State 5-5 (15-8)
9. Florida State 5-6 (14-9)
10. Wake Forest 4-6 (14-9)
11. Georgia Tech 3-8 (12-12)
11. Notre Dame 3-8 (12-12)
13. Miami 2-8 (11-12)
13. Boston College 2-8 (6-17)
15. Virginia Tech 1-10 (8-15)
• Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker earned ACC Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors for his play in wins over Wake Forest and Boston College.
Parker averaged 25.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game to receive his second Player of the Week honor this season. He has now won the Rookie of the Week honor seven times. Against Boston College, he became the fourth Duke player under head coach Mike Krzyzewski to record 29 points and 16 rebounds.
• This contest seems like a yawner after last week’s game of the week (Duke at Syracuse), but Pittsburgh’s escape of last-place Virginia Tech 62-57 in overtime over the weekend gets the recognition this week. The Panthers won a pair of overtime games this week against the 13th- and 15th-ranked teams in the league and continue to come out on top in close finishes. Pittsburgh remains third in the ACC with an 8-3 conference record (20-4 overall). The pollsters don’t seem to impressed and have displayed it by ranking the Panthers 25th in the Associated Press poll.
• Six teams are within two games of each other in the middle of a jumbled ACC. North Carolina — winners of five in a row — is fifth in the ACC with a 6-4 league record but only leads 10th-place Wake Forest by two games. A seemingly safe bet would be to expect the Tar Heels to continue to surge forward. The puzzling squad seems to have found its rhythm, though they will always be vulnerable for an upset against a team that can slow the game down.
• Virginia continues to win, with only a loss at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium preventing it from a perfect ACC record at this point. The Cavaliers, only ranked 17th in the AP poll, will be expected to win each of its next five games leading up to its March 1 matchup with top-ranked Syracuse in Charlottesville, Va.
• The ACC is one of four conferences leading the way with six teams (Syracuse, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Duke North Carolina and Florida State) included in ESPN bracket expert Joe Lunardi’s latest projection. Clemson is currently one of his “First Four Out” of the 68-team bracket.
Week in Review (Home team in CAPS)
SYRACUSE 61, Notre Dame 55
NORTH CAROLINA 75, Maryland 63
CLEMSON 45, Georgia Tech 41
DUKE 83, Wake Forest 63
VIRGINIA 77, Boston College 67
Pittsburgh 59, MIAMI 55 (OT)
FLORIDA STATE 70, Virginia Tech 50
North Carolina 73, NOTRE DAME 62
Virginia 64, GEORGIA TECH 45
PITTSBURGH 62, Virginia Tech 57 (2OT)
North Carolina State 56, MIAMI 55
MARYLAND 83, Florida State 71
Duke 89, BOSTON COLLEGE 68
SYRACUSE 57, Clemson 44
Miami at Florida State (Monday, 7 p.m. ESPN)
Maryland at Virginia (Monday, 9 p.m. ESPNU)
Clemson at Notre Dame (Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESPN3)
Wake Forest at Clemson (Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESPNU)
Syracuse at Pittsburgh (Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESPN)
Boston College at Georgia Tech (Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESPN3)
Duke at North Carolina (Wednesday, 9 p.m. ESPN)
Virginia at Clemson (Saturday, 12 p.m. ESPN2)
Pittsburgh at North Carolina (Saturday, 1 p.m. CBS)
North Carolina State at Syracuse (Saturday, 3 p.m. ESPN3)
Maryland at Duke (Saturday, 6 p.m. ESPN)
Miami at Virginia Tech (Saturday, 6 p.m. ESPN3)
Florida State at Wake Forest (Saturday, 8 p.m. ESPN3)